Turkey-Pakistan Relations

Turkey-Pakistan relations gain their strength from history. In 2017, 70 th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Pakistan celebrated through several cultural events, which were organized in both countries.

The support extended by the Muslims of the sub-continent to the Turkish Independence War occupies a special place in the Turkish mind. The Turkish Liberation War and its success in establishing a modern state afterwards has been a source of inspiration for the Pakistani people.

Following the establishment of Pakistan, both countries extended each other their support during the most difficult times, such as in reacting natural disasters and they cemented their friendly relations with frequent high-level visits. The High Level Cooperation Council which was established in 2009 and upgraded to High Level Strategic Cooperation Council has been a clear demonstration both countries’ will to further bilateral relations in every field.

Fifth meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council was held in Ankara on 23 February 2017 under the chairmanship of both countries’ Prime Ministers. Within this mechanism, 60 agreements and documents have been signed, so far.

The positive reflection of the excellent bilateral relations can also be seen in the international fora. Turkey and Pakistan are supporting each other in all international platforms.

Pakistan also adopts a highly supportive approach on international matters, which are of special interest for Turkey.

Frequent high-level visits are a clear indicator of the close political relations between Turkey and Pakistan. H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey paid an official visit to Pakistan on 16-17 November 2016. H.E. Mamnoon Hussain, former President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan attended the swearing-in ceremony of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey on 9 June 2018. H.E. Dr. Arif Alvi President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan attended the opening ceremony of the İstanbul Airport on 29 October 2019.

H.E. Imran Khan Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan paid an official visit to Turkey on 3-4 January 2019.

H.E. Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey visited Islamabad on 13-14 September 2019.